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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,143 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1996 Cadillac DeVille steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments

problem #14

Oct 272003

(reported on)

DeVille

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On three separate occasions vehicle experienced power steering failure. Steering wheel locked up, and it was very difficult to turn.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #13

May 282002

DeVille

  • miles
When brakes were applied they didn't hold. Smoke was coming from hood. Unable to steer vehicle, steering locked up. Vehicle caught on fire, and was totalled.

- Tuson, AZ, USA

problem #12

Dec 151999

DeVille

  • miles
Lost power steering twice, belt slips off in wet weather.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Nov 091999

(reported on)

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When driving under wet conditions and water gets to the underbody of the vehicle, there is a loss of power steering. Dealer has seen vehicle. And said the vehicle needed a shield.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 021999

DeVille

  • miles
While driving in wet weather, lost power steering assist by belt slipping when wet. Dealer claimed this was maintenance issue and replaced what he said was a "worn out belt".

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 011998

DeVille

  • miles
This automobile loses power steering assist when turning and water is splashed under the front of the car.steering failure has happened on several occasions and is very dangerous in turns when you need power assist most. I have not contacted the dealer since I feel it is a design problem and not a routine maintenance issue.

- Siloam Springs, AR, USA

problem #8

Jun 151998

DeVille

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving in rain or soon after it rains, the power steering pump drive becomes wet and slips when the steering wheel is turned causing difficulty steering and near crashes on three occasions.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #7

Oct 051997

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving vehicle in wet wether the vehicle loses all power steering and the wheel locks up, causing the driver to lose steering when vehicle goes around the corner. Took vehicle to dealer, and they said that the power steering goes out when driving through water. The dealer fixed the problem, but driver says that this is a safety hazard.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 011997

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Loses power steering after driving over a puddle before or after the rain.

- Headener, OK, USA

problem #5

Jul 281997

DeVille

  • miles
Under wet road conditions consumer turned a corner and the power steering went out, vehicle was very hard to steer.

- Circleville, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 011996

DeVille

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Power steering fluid leak.

- San Marino, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 081996

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering failed 3 times.

- Kennett, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 051996

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When hitting a 2-3 " deep water puddle at 10 mph, power steering locks up for several seconds.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 221996

DeVille

  • miles
Power steering unit fails during inclement weather, making it very difficult to steer.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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